Ian Kilmister — better known to the world as "Lemmy" from the band Motorhead — has passed away at the age of 70.
The band posted the news to their Facebook page, urging fans to play Lemmy's music "LOUD" in his honor.
There is no easy way to say this…our mighty, noble friend Lemmy passed away today after a short battle with an extremely...
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Kilmister's death was first reported by Radio host and music personality Eddie Trunk.
Sorry to report that I have confirmed Lemmy @myMotorhead has passed away just now at the age of 70. RIP to a true original icon of rock.
— Eddie Trunk (@EddieTrunk) December 29, 2015
Kimister died from an "aggressive form of cancer," which had been diagnosed just two days ago.
According to a report from Loudwire from October 2014, Kilmister underwent a health scare that nearly cost him his life. As a result, he stopped smoking and cut down on drinking his favorite drink: Jack Daniels and coke.
Kilmister formed Motorhead in 1975 as the band's main vocalist, bassist and principle songwriter. Known for his signature mutton chops and distinctive voice, he helped shape rock music and the heavy metal scene in the United State and the UK.
Alex Hider is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @alexhider.